Things to do in Newark with kids
Newark is a fascinating city - and with history, nature and swamp (yes - swamps!) around every corner, you will find plenty of things to do with kids!
If history is what you’re looking for, then you’re in the right place! Let the Hermitage House and Dey Mansion take kids back to the 1700s (George Washington even stayed at both places - pretty amazing!).
A fascinating look into how people used to live in the past, and a great introduction to the Revolution! If it’s art and culture that you want to spend the day exploring, then Newark has that too! Hunterdon Museum of Art and Montclair Art Museum are great places for kids to be introduced to the art world!
Those creative kids will love the Newark Museum where they can really express their creativity. And that swamp?
The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge gets kids out into the beautiful nature and protected wildlife - and only a short drive from Newark!
You won’t be short of things to do with kids in the urban heart of New Jersey!
Whatever your child is passionate about, let the Junior Museum be your partner as your child explores their creative self, expands their mind, and above all, has fun while learning something new!
Explore the nation's FIRST county park, with historic guided tours, a roller rink, bike races, family days and festivals! It's so much more than a park in New Jersey!
Home to an exhilarating indoor, electric go-karting multi-track experience for adults and children. Plus video and virtual games arcade.
Art fun in New Jersey with kids parties, adult and kid classes, family classes and open sessions to get crafty!
In the Lyndhurst Castle's grand ceremonial arena, weapons are brandished and an authentic medieval jousting tournament ensues with Knights' dazzling displays and tasty feasts in New Jersey!
Over 100 different species call this popular New Jersey zoo home, with a petting zoo and miniature train rides too!
Experience a day of American and Native American art, programs and exhibitions where kids can get lost in that magical art world in New Jersey
Liberty Science Center features 3 exhibit floors, each having a different science-based theme, dedicated to exploration through hands-on experimentation!
An exciting 18,000 sq ft indoor children's play facility in New Jersey, created for kids ages 10 and under!
Color Me Mine is a paint your own pottery studio for painters of all ages, perfect for kids, parties, and getting creative!
Get creative in New Jersey with this jewelry making experience! Great fun for kids.
Art fun in New Jersey for kids 18 months – 5 years, with drop in sessions and programs to advance, with fun stations including sensory box, project station, & play dough table
JUMPnasium is great indoor play in New Jersey with open bounce, birthday parties & great family fun!
Travel back in time with Lambert Castle, built in 1892, with changing exhibits and furnishings reflect the local history of Passaic County
Incredible kids fun in New Jersey, from go karts, bumper cars, arcade, waterpark, and much, much more! Perfect for the whole family.
Thrills and excitement with roller coasters, pirates ships, and a submarine - just to name a few! Family fun with adventures to be had in New Jersey!
The historical revolutionary war headquarters of George Washington himself, giving kids an amazing day out in history!
Over 30 realistic, come to life dinosaurs, including the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made! Kids will be thrilled to explore the mysterious trails and mountain paths, waiting for that next roar around the corner.
The museum offers a full calendar of special events, festivals, classes, and activities for the entire family - with an ever changing hands on exhibitions varying from arts and science to historical and theatrical.
The Bergen County Zoo is home to beautiful animals with carousel and train rides too! They focus on educational experiences for all.
A huge multi-level indoor playground for playful kids under 10 years, perfect for using their imagination!
A great indoor playspace for kids in Montville, with plenty of places for them to run, jump, and play! Great inflatables, 3 level structure, and more!
Nearly 8,000 acres of varied habitats where you can explore the beautiful scenery, and amazing wildlife.
A super fun petting zoo for kids at this family farm, with adorable barnyard animals and the chance to feed them, with pony rides and farm tours too!
Runaway Rapids is New Jersey water park fun with kiddie lagoon, lazy river, multiple wild slides, tipping bucket & more!
Amusement Park fun in New Jersey with fun rides from the thrilling to the gentle, perfect for that classic family amusement fun!
Kids love looking at the stars - so what better than to take them to a Planetarium show?!
Jumping Jungle is 10,000 sq ft of indoor inflatables perfect for open jumps & birthday parties, with arcade games, slides, obstacles & more!
Indoor play gym with classes designed to enhance imagination and creative play for kids under 5 yrs. Also weekly open playgym and special events.
Paint A Tee allows kids to be creative and paint anything they like, which can then be printed onto a variety of items including shirts and onesies! Wearable art!
Stunning gardens with multi use trails in New Jersey, plus swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing! Outdoor fun for the whole family
A superb four-level interactive laser tag arena for a family rumble in New Jersey, plus facilities for dodgeball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and more!
Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park, with hiking, fishing, and great New Jersey nature fun!
A fun indoor play space for kids under 7 years, with a jungle-themed play area where kids can burn off that energy in Flanders!
200 acres of great family fun in New Jersey with mini golf, sports, and that famous water park with a 400 foot body slide!
It's back to the Wild West with stage coaches, pony rides and trains as you step back in time in New Jersey to a time of saloons and gunslingers!
Over 40,000 sq. ft. of incredible entertainment, with carnival rides, laser tag, rock walls, video games and bouncing!
17,500 sq ft of family entertainment center with open play, inflatables, play structure, and arcade! Great for those active kids in New Jersey!
Deep family fun with more than 700 objects on display, as well as cool mines accessible by guided tour.
Celebrate history, nature & science at the Franklin Mineral Museum, and discovery how minerals and mining history changed how we live!
A wonderland in winter and a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman year round in this New Jersey state park!
Lots of outdoor adventure in New Jersey for the family at this state park! Hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and horseback riding are popular activities, with winter sports too!
A premier New Jersey theme park where kids can enjoy over 250 exciting games, attractions, and rides!
Visit the site of one of the largest American Revolution battled, now with hiking, horse-riding and a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse! History and nature in this New Jersey state park
A fun, bright and colorful play area for kids up to 12 years old in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
The world's TALLEST (and only!) thrill slide with double loops at this adrenaline pumping New Jersey water park for the whole family!
Outdoor adventure in New Jersey for swimmers, boaters, campers and picnickers! One of the few parks for wilderness camping too!
A super fun mini golf course ON the beach at New Jersey's Bradley Beach, with brooks, rock formations, waterfalls, and other fun obstacles for the family!
Explore the world's largest model railway, as well as doll museum and art gallery in this amazing museum feating over 100 trains, cities and canyons - all miniature!
A great 70-minute steam / diesel powered train rides through rural Hunterdon County, a must for all those young train fans out there.
Outdoor fun in New Jersey with multi use trails, adventure playground and even an observatory!
Fascinating and captivating art exhibits at this New Jersey Museum of Art, with classes and workshops for kids too!
An adventurous RV Park with activities like waterskiing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and the great outdoors. Located at New Jersey's Lake Paulinskill.
Indoor play center featuring bounce houses and arcade games. Walk in to play or book a party! Perfect for all ages, adults can play too!
Open bounce, glow in the dark inflatables, and a super cool splash zone - almost TOO much kids fun to be had in this New Jersey family fun center!
Explore New Jersey's FIRST state park filled with history, outdoor adventure and family fun! Camping available too!
Enjoy the more than 10 miles of hiking trails, the wonder of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, and the exhibits and animals of the Buttinger Nature Center - plus get on mission with the science of water and understand what we can do to help!
ClimbZone is indoor climbing with a twist, offering 68 uniquely themed climbs, including scaling Jack's giant beanstalk, conquering Mount Rushmore, and even climbing the Empire State Building! With an arcade, zip line and ropes course too - it's indo....
Thrill rides, family rides, kids rides and heaps of water fun at this New Jersey Six Flags park! The entire family will find something for them!
Space Farms Zoo & Museum is home to more than 500 animals from all over the world. A fun and wild New Jersey day out!
Over 30 acres of family attractions in New Jersey! With river rides, roller coasters, trains and even pirate cannonballs....entertainment and excitement for all ages!
Thrill rides, kids rides, family rides and a real safari with real animals....it can only be Six Flags!
Classic boardwalk fun in New Jersey with attractions, rides, arcades, mini golf and more!
A fun family aquarium located within Jenkinson's Boardwalk in New Jersey, where kids can get up close with sharks, seals, and even touch star fish and sting rays!
River fun in Delaware for parents and kids over 4 years, with kayaking and canoeing rentals, and free BBQ lunch!
Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center for all ages, with thousands of beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world.
Tubing and river fun in New Jersey! A great family day out activity - especially on those hot summer days! Kayaking, rafting and canoeing also available too.
Classic boardwalk fun with this New Jersey pier, with mini golf, bumper cars, arcade, and those classic rides that the family always loves!
Enjoy one of the largest interactive play areas on the North Atlantic Coast with this family friendly water park in New Jersey!
Great family fun with a host of activities including archery, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, mini golf, water wars, and more!
A beautiful zoo in New Jersey, dedicated to wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused or injured. They are also home to domestic and exotic animals too!
A fun indoor place center for kids aged 1 to 14, with soft play, zip lines, climbing walls, and velcro walls...just to name a few!
All visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive exhibits and the more that 80 birds and animals housed here.
Experience one of New Jersey’s Largest indoor water park, with 55,000 sq ft of slides, cannons, splashes, rivers, and a state of the art arcade!
Touch, explore and create in the Garden State Discovery Museum's many interactive exhibit areas for those playful and curious kids!
Explore under the ocean in New Jersey with this family fun aquarium, with a shark tank, walk through tube and interactive exhibits!
An exciting museum open for tours, overnight camps and historic fun on a real live battleship in New Jersey!
A fun and splash-tastic all year round water park - Sahara Sam’s is full of family fun with a ton of indoor water activities and seasonal outdoor water activities! Surf's Up!
A beautiful New Jersey State Forest with rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, numerous lakes, and wildlife - great for family exploration!
Family camping only 8 miles from Long Beach Island, with tents to full hook ups. Fun kids activities, fishing, and even hay rides!
Lush landscaping, park-wide themeing, updated restaurant menus and in-park entertainment in this really fun amusement park - complement a collection of kids, family and high-thrill rides and attractions.
Trails, wildlife, and a beautiful man-made lake perfect for swimming, boating and that summer New Jersey fun!
Many buildings and structures line the coastline of this recreated fishing village including Tucker's Island Lighthouse, Joy Dayton's Sawmill, and Jay C. Parker's Decoy Carving Shop.
A slashingly entertaining day for the whole family! Cool off with super fun water activities at Thundering Surf Water Park.
Fantasy Island Amusement Park is Victorian style family amusement fun, with those classic rides including pirate ship, giant wheel and free fall drop!
We give info about the farm and about blueberry farming in New Jersey and why Hammonton is the Blueberry Capital. The tour is broken up into two parts, outside and inside. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do wit....
New Jersey fun with Storybook Land - a great theme park for little people with fun rides and storybook attractions!
Visit the only marine mammal stranding facility within New Jersey, that is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or otherwise stressed marine mammals and sea turtles.
Atlantic City's Premier Charter Boat the AC Princess Cruises is Atlantic City's finest public & private charter yacht. Sightseeing, daily cruises - or book our elegant boat for your own private party or exclusive event on the Atlantic City Back Bay W....
Have the chance to get up close and personal with locals. Daily Dolphin Watching Adventure. Your entire gang is welcome to join each and every day for a thrilling view of beautiful Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphins. Bring your camera!
Great underwater adventures with this popular aquarium, with exhibits, touch tank, and lots of activities to keep the kids entertained!
An amazing historic journey up 228 steps to the top of this 1857 lighthouse, overlooking Atlantic City!
Amusements, rides and games at this classic pier amusement park in Atlantic City! Great fun for the whole family!
Visit the home of weird family fun, with 2 floors with ALL NEW galleries, shows and nearly 300 unusual and fascinating exhibits!
Play 18 holes of world-class golf at Atlantic City's premier miniature golf course, with lush landscapes, elevated greens & real waterfalls!
Treat your senses to the most powerful and involving movie experience yet created where IMAX technology brings images to life like no other. Experience an arm chair adventure that will take your breath away...literally!
A New Jersey state park with outdoor adventure, swimming, fishing, and a fascinating history!
Formerly Gilligan's Island Waterpark, this fun New Jersey water experience is on the iconic boardwalk, and is filled with water fun for kids, and a climbing wall too!
More than 30 exciting rides for the whole family, including four roller coasters, bumper cars, a tilt-a-whirl, an old-fashioned train and log flume at Ocean City's oldest amusement park!
Three world-class 18-hole miniature golf courses: Congo Queen, Solomon's Mine, and the Lost City, which is 100% indoors and perfect for those rainy days! Enjoy waterfalls, caves, snake pit, and more!
The Cohanzick Zoo, established in 1934, is New Jerseys First Zoo. It's set on 15 acres and is home to approximately 100 animals. Admission is FREE!
Extremely popular with families for for hiking, fishing, crabbing, boating and sunbathing, this New Jersey state park offers outdoor adventure and lots of family fun!
The County Park area has picnic tables, kids playgrounds, biking paths and fishing areas. The Zoo has about 550 different types of birds, reptiles and mammals.
Fun tree to tree canopy ropes courses for those active kids in New Jersey! Are you ready for the challenge?
Thrill to the white water rapids on The Beast of The East, roar through total darkness on The Midnight Run, or test your skills soaring down the Speed Dominator in this New Jersey water park!
Over eighteen acres along six beach blocks of amusement park fun at Morey's Piers - featuring THREE amusement parks and TWO water parks!
A fascinating Aviation Museum that houses aircraft, engines, special exhibits, & educational interactive displays in a historic hangar
Open air living history museum with costumed characters and craft demonstrations, restored architecture, family activities, interactive games, dress up and free horse and wagon rides.